Like everyone else, I'm totally stoked for you. Mine was having similar issues and like yours, it was fuel starvation. I had to think about it for awhile. I hadn't messed with mine like you did, but had same symptoms. Occasional pop, but no life. For me it was further upstream (petcock). Because of their size, the kick starter is geared to not spin them fast enough, so margin for error is less. I know how they can take it out of you trying to start, so it had to be like a cool breeze when it finally did.